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Barry Kadans

Barry Kadans, 83, of West Bloomfield, Michigan, died on 02 May 2022.

The Funeral was held at Graveside at Hebrew Memorial Park Cemetery, 21503 14 Mile Rd, Clinton Twp MI 48035 on Wednesday, 04 May 2022 at 1:00 PM .

Rabbi Harold Loss officiated.

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Interment at Hebrew Memorial Park.

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The family of Barry Kadans will be gathering through the evening of Thursday, May 05 at the residence, 3450 Lone Pine Rd., West Bloomfield, MI 48323.

Family and friends will be gathering on Wednesday from 3:00-7:00 P.M., and on Thursday from 4:00-7:00 P.M.

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Family members include:
Cherished father of Alison Kadans, Jeffrey (Jennifer) Kadans, and Mark Kadans. Adored Grandpa of Sarah and Jacob Kadans. Loving companion and best friend of Julie Shull. Beloved "stepdad" to Julie's children, Jeffrey and Lynne Shull. Devoted son of the late Joseph and the late Rose Kadans. Pre-deceased by his cousin and dear friend, Ronald Rossen.

Barry Kadans of West Bloomfield, Michigan passed away on May 2, 2022 at the age of 83. Barry was born in Washington, D.C. and moved to Detroit when he was 13 years old. Following his graduation from Wilbur Wright High School Barry opened a used car lot, Bargain Lot, on Livernois in the 1960’s. He was also an active builder in Michigan from 1965 until his death.

Barry was always an adventurous kid, and was so excited and proud to join the Navy in 1957. He loved telling stories about his time in the Navy, the jobs he had, including firefighter, security guard, and personal driver to the base commander. He loved every minute of the Navy and expressed a desire to join up today.

His true passion in life was flying. Barry got his pilot’s license in 1963 after seeing an ad in the Detroit News for skydiving at Romeo Airport. It was too windy for skydiving; instead he was offered a flight lesson. And so began his lifelong love affair with aviation. He purchased his first plane in 1971, and with his bold and courageous spirit, his pilot’s license, and his airplane, Barry’s world opened even more giving him the opportunity to meet many wonderful people, including some of his aviation heroes. In 2018 Barry was awarded the Wright Brothers’ Master Pilot Award in appreciation of his dedicated service, technical expertise, professionalism, and many outstanding contributions to further the cause of aviation safety. A pilot must have flown 50 years or more to be eligible for the award.

Barry loved last minute travel plans and spontaneity, but he also loved his afternoon routine of swimming and working out daily at the JCC. Over the years it allowed him to develop friendships with people from various backgrounds and walks of life.

Barry had a special way of connecting with people; often it would start by simply asking a person about the origin of their name. As the conversation progressed, any barriers fell, and Barry made a friend to the end. He used this approach with his doctors, nurses, receptionists, and radiation technicians, leaving behind smiles and laughs for the care providers as well as his own.

Barry passed away after a yearlong battle with glioblastoma. He never complained, though he had much he could complain about. He was positive throughout his life and it continued over the past year. His caregivers remarked how they had never helped a person as ill as Barry and not hear any complaints.

It is suggested that those who wish to further honor the memory of Barry Kadans may do so by making a contribution to:

Jewish Hospice & Chaplaincy Network
6555 West Maple
West Bloomfield, MI 48322
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